The Beats Powerbeats Pro are great truly wireless sports headphones that have a good audio reproduction. They are versatile for a wide variety of music genres. These headphones are very stable and breathable, thanks to their ear-hook design and relatively compact in-ear fit. Unfortunately, they don’t create an airtight seal and will let noise seep into your audio, which won't be ideal for commuting. Their case is also quite bulky, though you shouldn’t have any problem fitting it in a gym bag. On the upside, the Powerbeats Pro are premium headphones that have one of the best battery lives for a truly wireless design.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro are very well-designed truly wireless headphones. They are comfortable for long listening sessions as they don’t enter your ear canal as deeply as other in-ear headphones. They are also very stable and breathable, which is great for sports. Their control scheme is easy to use and both earpieces have all the controls, which is very convenient. The Powerbeats Pro are stylish truly wireless in-ears, but their charging case is quite bulky compared to similar headphones.
The Powerbeats Pro are fairly similar in style to the Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless, but in a truly wireless format. They also have a slightly sleeker design. They look like sports headphones, thanks to the ear-hooks, while still being fairly stylish. They come in a few different color schemes, but only the all-black are available at the time of writing. You’ll be able to get them in navy, moss, and ivory colors.
The Powerbeats Pro are comfortable in-ears that can be worn for a while without feeling too much fatigue. They're lightweight, and the ear-hooks are easily malleable to help you find a steadier and more comfortable fit. They don’t enter the ear canal as deeply as other traditional in-ears, and they also come with a few different tip sizes to help you find the best fit. Additionally, even if they have buttons on the back of the buds, they're very sensitive and you won’t need to push the headphones inside your ears even more, which can hurt. However, if you have glasses with thick arms, you may have difficulty fitting the ear-hooks around your ears. Overall, these sports headphones are comfortable enough for most workouts or runs.
The control scheme of the truly wireless Powerbeats Pro is very good. The Beats logo acts as a multi purpose button that gives you common functionalities. A single tap can play/pause your music or manage calls. You can also skip tracks or go backwards with double or triple taps, respectively. Also, you get a nice volume rocker on the top of the earbuds, which is easy to use. You can also trigger your device’s voice assistant with a long press of the multipurpose button. Additionally, all the commands can be triggered from either earpiece, which is great and makes them very easy to use. All controls are available and fully usable on Android devices, other than the ‘Hey Siri’ voice command. The Powerbeats also feature a smart pause, which will automatically start/stop your music when you take your headphones out or put them back in.
Like most in-ear headphones, the Powerbeats Pro are very breathable. Even if they have a bulkier design than more straightforward in-ears, they don’t trap much heat inside your ears, which shouldn’t make you sweat more than usual when working out. This makes them a good option for sports.
These headphones are very portable but are slightly bulkier than most truly wireless in-ears. They are easy to carry around as they fit in your pockets or a gym bag easily. They also come with a nice hard case, but it's bulky.
The Powerbeats Pro's hard case is good. It gives about 15 extra hours of battery life to the headphones, but you only have one battery indicator light, which doesn’t actually give you a good idea of the battery left. The case is also quite bulky. It can fit in larger pockets but since it's quite big, it will be visibly obvious. Also, the case doesn't completely close if you've made adjustments to the ear-hooks. However, the case is easy to carry around in a gym bag.
The Powerbeats Pro are well-built truly wireless headphones, but don’t quite feel on-par with other premium headphones like the Sennheiser Momentum True wireless or the B&O PLAY E8 2.0. They are made of plastic, which is lighter for sport activities. However, the ear-hooks feel a bit flimsy when moving them around and they are only rated IPX4, which is fairly disappointing for high-end sports headphones, although we don’t test this internally. On the upside, they feel nice and look like premium headphones. They're dense enough to survive a few drops without suffering too much physical damage.
These headphones are very stable and will be a great option for most sports. Thanks to the ear-hook design, it’s practically impossible to lose them during a run or a workout, even with heavy head movement. They don’t move much inside your ears too, which means you don’t always have to reposition them during your training.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro are good sounding closed-back in-ear headphones. Their bass is extended, accurate, and nearly flawless, the mid-range is great, and the treble is good. The vocals and lead instruments will be accurately reproduced without being overshadowed by the bass. However, their treble range is slightly uneven, and some treble frequencies may sound overly sharp while some may lack detail and brightness. However, this shouldn’t be too audible for most. Overall, these headphones have a good sound profile that is versatile for a wide variety of music genres.
The bass response of the Powerbeats Pro is remarkable. Their LFE (low-frequency extension) is down to 10Hz, which is excellent. This means these headphones are able to reproduce an adequate amount of the thump and rumble common to bass-heavy music. The response throughout the range is virtually flawless and follows our target curve accurately. This means the bass will be clear and won’t be overly done.
The Powerbeats Pro have a great mid-range performance. The low-mid and mid-mid regions follow our target curve accurately. This results in an accurate reproduction of vocals and lead instruments. There’s a small 3dB bump in high-mid, which will add a bit of excess to the brightness and projection of vocals/leads, but this won’t be very noticeable.
The treble range of the Powerbeats Pro is good, but the response is slightly uneven throughout the range. There’s a small 2dB overemphasis in the low-treble, which means vocals and leads might sound a bit too bright and piercing, especially on already bright tracks. However, there’s also a 5dB dip centered around 7kHz, which will negatively affect some sibilants (S and T sounds) around those frequencies.
Like most in-ear headphones, they have excellent frequency response consistency. Assuming the user is able to achieve a proper fit and an air-tight seal using the assortment of tips that come with the headphones, they should be able to get consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.
The stereo imaging of the Powerbeats Pro is very good. The weighted group delay is at 0.13, which is very good. The GD graph also shows that the group delay response never crosses the audibility threshold, suggesting a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase response, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo image. However, note that these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.
The soundstage is poor. Since creating a large and speaker-like soundstage is partially dependent on having a speaker-like pinna activation, and in-ear headphones bypass the pinna and don't interact with it, their soundstage will be perceived to be small and located inside the listener's head. Their closed-back design also means that their soundstage won't feel as open as open-back earbuds like the Apple AirPods 2 2019 and the Bose SoundSport Free.
The harmonic distortion performance of the Powerbeats Pro is excellent. The amount of THD throughout the range up to 10kHz is very low and within very good limits. This means that these headphones will be able to reproduce clear audio, even under heavier loads, which is great.
The overall isolation performance of the Powerbeats Pro is sub-par. These in-ear don’t have an ANC feature and don’t isolate well passively. Their fit doesn’t create an air-tight seal and a lot of ambient noise will seep into your audio. They won’t be ideal in public transit as they don’t block out much of the lower-end frequencies. However, this can be a good option for outdoor runners who want to remain aware of their surroundings, or athletes who want to hear feedback from their coach as long as your music isn't too loud. They can be a decent option in an office, but at high volumes they can get a bit leaky, which might bother surrounding colleagues.
The noise isolation performance of the Powerbeats Pro is poor. These in-ears don’t have active noise cancelling and only passively isolate. They practically don’t block any lower-end frequencies which means they won’t be great in public transit since they don’t do anything against the deep rumble of engines. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce ambient noise by about 6dB, which won’t be very noticeable. On the upside, they do a decent job against noises in the treble range, like sharp S and T sounds, and fan noises, like an A/C system, reducing the noise by about 22dB.
The leakage performance of the Powerbeats Pro is decent. They don’t leak in the bass and mid ranges, resulting in a very thin-sounding leakage, mostly composed of sharp sounds from the treble range. The overall level of the leakage is not very loud either. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 37dB SPL, but it peaks at 65dB, which is quite loud and over the noise floor of an average office.
The integrated microphone of the Beats Powerbeats Pro is mediocre. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic sounds relatively thin, noticeably muffled, and lacking in detail, but will still be fairly intelligible. However, the mic struggles to fully separate speech from background noise in loud situations, like a subway station.
The recording quality of the integrated microphone is mediocre. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 193Hz means speech recorded/transmitted with this mic sounds noticeably thin. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 3.4kHz results in speech that lacks detail and is noticeably muffled. However, this is a limitation of the Bluetooth protocol and most Bluetooth microphones will perform similarly.
The integrated microphone has a sub-par noise handling performance. In our SpNR test, it achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 17dB, indicating that it's best suited for quiet and moderately loud environments, but it may struggle to fully separate speech from background noise in loud situations like a subway station.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro have great battery life and have a nice interface on iOS devices. We measured over 11 hours of battery life, which is over the 9 hours that were advertised. This should last you a good amount of workouts or even for a full work day. They are also very quick to charge, taking less than an hour. However, you can’t customize their sound profile since they don’t have an actual companion app, which is slightly disappointing.
The battery life of the Powerbeats Pro is great. We’ve measured over 11 hours of continuous playback on a single charge and this could even last you for a full work day, which is considerably longer than other truly wireless headphones we've tested. These headphones also took less than an hour to charge fully, which is amazing. Thanks to their case, you can get up to 24 hours of total playtime according to the specs sheet. They also automatically enter a standby mode when being idle for a while, but we couldn’t accurately measure the duration of the timer. Additionally, like the Apple AirPods 2, there is no master earbud, meaning you can put either the left or the right bud in the charging case and use the other one by itself.
These headphones don’t have an app per se, but iOS has a built-in interface for the Powerbeats Pro, just like with the Apple AirPods 2. It displays the battery status of the buds and the case, but this isn’t available on Android. This interface will pop up when syncing the Powerbeats Pro to an Apple device. However, you can’t remap controls like you can with the AirPods 2. On MacOS, you can also see the battery life information and connect via Bluetooth, but that’s about it.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro are fairly straightforward Bluetooth truly wireless in-ears. They have a very good wireless range and come with a charging case that gives additional charges. They also take advantage of the H1 chip available on iOS devices for slightly better performance, but our current testing procedure couldn’t measure this. While they have pretty average latency for Bluetooth headphones, your experience could vary and you most likely won't notice any significant delay when using an iOS device.
These Bluetooth-only headphones support version 5.0 and also take advantage of the H1 chip on iOS devices. This makes pairing a lot easier and you might even experience better results. Unfortunately, they can’t be paired with multiple devices simultaneously, but have a very easy and quick pairing procedure even if they don’t support NFC, even with Android devices.
The Powerbeats Pro come with a hard charging case that gives about 15 extra hours of battery life according to the specs sheet. The case doesn’t have any inputs and has to be charged with a Lightning cable, which is disappointing as a USB-C would have been better for most.
These headphones have a very good line of sight range and an excellent obstructed range with about 51ft. You’ll be able to leave your Bluetooth source in one spot and move around in a small office or apartment without too many problems. However, wireless range is dependent on your device’s signal strength and many other factors, so your results may differ.
The Powerbeats Pro’s latency is about average for Bluetooth headphones. With 183ms of delay, they might not be the ideal choice for watching video content. However, our testing rig doesn’t take advantage of the H1 chip, which means your experience may be better on an iOS device.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro are great sports headphones that set themselves apart by their very stylish design, good audio reproduction, and great battery life. There aren’t many truly wireless headphones with an ear-hook design too. Unfortunately, they don’t create a very good air-tight seal and won’t isolate against ambient noise well. See our suggestions for the best true wireless earbuds, the best Bluetooth earbuds, and the best wireless headphones for working out.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro are slightly better headphones than the Bose SoundSport Free Truly Wireless. The Beats have an easier to use control scheme, and their ear-hook design is more stable for sports. Additionally, they have a noticeably better battery life on a single charge and have better wireless range. On the other hand, some may prefer the earbud fit of the Bose, which doesn’t enter your ear canal as deeply. Also, even if their case is quite bulkier, it's easier to carry around than the Beats’ case. The Bose are open-back headphones, which mean they barely isolate against ambient noise, but even the closed-back Powerbeats aren’t great in that regard.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro and the Jabra Elite Active 65t Truly Wireless are both great sports headphones, and each model is better in different categories. The ear-hook design of the Powerbeats Pro is more stable for sports and we also found them to be more comfortable. The Powerbeats also have one of the best battery lives for truly wireless headphones. On the other hand, the Elite Active 65t have an airtight fit that blocks a good amount of ambient noise, which the Powerbeats don’t do. If you’re looking for very stable headphones for sports, get the Powerbeats, but if you’re looking for sports headphones that can be versatile in everyday usage, the Jabra Elite Active 65t might be a better option thanks to their better passive isolation.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro are better headphones than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. They are more geared towards sports, thanks to their very stable ear-hook design, and their audio quality is better. They have noticeably more bass thanks to their closed-back design. They have more than twice the battery life of the Apple headphones on a single charge, although the Apple case holds more additional charges. The Powerbeats Pro also have a very bulky case that isn’t as portable as the Apple case. However, the Powerbeats have a better and more complete control scheme with volume control.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro are practically identical to the Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless, but in a truly wireless design. Both headphones also have a very similar sound profile and have about the same battery life. However, the Powerbeats Pro have a case that gives you about 15 more hours wherever you are. The fit of the Powerbeats Pro is also a bit more comfortable than the Powerbeats3. If you don’t really need the truly wireless design, than the Powerbeats3 might offer better value.
The Beats Powerbeats Pro are slightly better sports headphones than the Beats BeatsX Wireless thanks to the very stable ear-hook design. They are also noticeably more comfortable to wear for long listening sessions. Both headphones sound very similar and most people won’t notice the difference. However, the BeatsX provide a better airtight fit, which isolates better against ambient noise. On the other hand, you get about twice the battery life on the Powerbeats Pro, which is very impressive for truly wireless headphones.